2020 Railtours update

With shops re-opening this week, we are all probably wondering what “the new normal” will look like as we continue to emerge from Covid-19 lockdown. We are very much looking forward to the time when our railtours can resume and we can welcome you aboard once more.  We are provisionally planning our first railtours with Tornado in September 2020. In July our team will be undertaking the necessary maintenance procedures and other work to ensure Tornado continues to be in tip-top condition for our return.  As railtours begin to return to the network, passenger and staff safety will be our priority and we will be working with our industry colleagues to ensure we keep pace with Government guidelines and requirements.

Our first planned tour is ‘The Aberdonian’ on Thursday 3rd September. The tourism and hospitality industry in Scotland is planning to re-open on 17th July and so we feel that this is a robust plan. We will implement appropriate elements of social distancing such as reduced seating capacity, use of PPE by our staff, provision of hand sanitiser, regular cleaning and so forth in common with others in the hospitality and tourism sector. As guidance from government changes we will update our policies and procedures as necessary in close consultation with the relevant suppliers.

If you have had a tour with Tornado postponed during the lockdown period, please rest assured that we are planning to reschedule these trains as the picture becomes clearer. If we are unable to fit them into the 2020 calendar (taking account of reduced daylight hours from October), they will be moved into next year, and we hope that you will be able to join us on the new date.

The last few months have been a challenge to all charities and businesses, and we are no different. Now we are moving out of the lockdown we can start looking forward to travelling with Tornado once again. We hope you can join us this September for our first four tours of the year including two fabulous trips to Aberdeen, a visit to Stirling and Edinburgh from York and a first visit to Liverpool. We look forward to welcoming you safely on board.

  • Thursday 3rd September – ‘The Aberdonian’ – Edinburgh to Aberdeen and return – bookings through Tornado Railtours
  • Thursday 10th September – ‘The Aberdonian’ – Edinburgh to Aberdeen and return – bookings through Tornado Railtours
  • Saturday 12th September – ‘The Queen of Scots’ – York to Edinburgh and Stirling and return – bookings through Tornado Railtours
  • Saturday 19th September – ‘The Ticket to Ride’ – Darlington to Liverpool and return – bookings through Tornado Railtours

Tornado on the Royal Border Bridge – Henry Elliott